REPORTER: You’ve heard about the Oklahoma teens who –
CYNIC. Killed for kicks? Very disturbing. Senseless but unfortunately not very surprising given the gun glut and the ease with which they are stolen. These young people have grown up in a moral vacuum. They live in a hedonistic society that gives them a distorted view of reality – live for the moment and do not think of consequences. They believe they have permission to indulge their every whim. They are mental infants who think only of self satisfaction and have no empathy for their victims.
REPORTER: Can empathy be taught?
REPORTER: How likely is this to happen again?
CYNIC: Very likely, I’m sorry to say. The media is saturated with violence – movies, TV, video games – and this prevalence will poison the minds of certain individuals already tending to sociopathic acts. And as long as that trash continues to make money . . .
REPORTER: What, in your opinion, is the best solution?
CYNIC: Sadly, there is no simple way to prevent these horrific crimes. But we should start by cleansing the media of violence. Human nature is prone to violence, and highly susceptible to the power of suggestion. We should tip the scales back to a more balanced view of the human condition. We need the example of noble and admirable actions performed by people who overcome the dark side of their being and are able to control their impulsive behavior. We have plenty of superheroes in movies now – we need more everyday heroes, good men and women who do the right thing.
Causes Anthony Maulucci Supports
Greenpeace, Amnesty Inernational, American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Save the Children